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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Funeral services are tomorrow for Matt Davidson. He's a minister at Southeast Christian Church, who died of injuries from a car crash.
Davidson's death has left Kentucky's largest church in mourning. He leaves behind a wife, three young children and a church family of thousands.
"He loved people. He was a people person, people magnet, and a connector of people. He just saw potential in people, and he believed in people," said Kurt Sauder of Southeast Christian Church.
Matt Davidson had spent most of his adult life in ministry at Southeast Christian Church, most recently as worship leader at the church's Oldham County campus.
Oldham County's leader pastor, Kurt Sauder, says the man they affectionately called "Matty D" loved his family, loved people and most of all, loved God.
"And he was crazy about Jesus because he had been saved. He had been redeemed. And he had been transformed by Christ," Sauder said.
Last Monday, Davidson was involved in a car crash.
"It was a windy road, and a guy had crossed over into his lane and it was in a bend, and Matt couldn't see it. And all of the sudden it's right there," Sauder said.
At first Davidson seemed to be recovering well from his injuries. Then, on Saturday, following surgery, something happened.
"The kids were on their way to the hospital to see him, and he was just thrilled and excited to see his kids. And then just like that, he suddenly passed," Sauder said. "It was just a shock to all of us."
Doctors say it was a pulmonary embolism: a blood clot in a lung.
Today, a steady stream of people came to Davidson's visitation: evidence as to just how much the church is rallying around Davidson's family.
"That's the church," Sauder said. "That's the body of Christ. That's what we're here for. We're family.
He said it's like a family grieving the loss of a good friend.
"We're devastated, and we're sad, and we grieve," he said. "But the Bible says we don't grieve like those who have no hope. And we have a hope."
Davidson's funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Southeast Christian's main campus on Blankenbaker Rd. A memorial fund has been set up for Davidson's family. To donate, you can make checks payable to Southeast Christian Church and place "Benevolence Fund Davidson Family" in the memo line. Copyright 2012 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.